\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging; clangs

Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a loud metallic ringing sound anvils clanged
b : to go with a clang
2 : to utter the characteristic harsh cry of a bird

transitive verb

: to cause to clang clang a bell



Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud ringing metallic sound the clang of a fire alarm
2 : a harsh cry of a bird (such as a crane or goose)

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Synonyms for clang

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of clang in a Sentence

Verb His fork clanged against the plate. The prison door clanged shut. The guard clanged the door shut. Noun the horseshoe hit the stake with a satisfying clang
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Less than three minutes into his Warriors debut Saturday night, forward Andrew Wiggins dribbled around a screen, stepped in front of the 3-point arc and, with JaVale McGee’s hand in his face, clanged a long jumper off the back of the rim. Connor Letourneau,, "Andrew Wiggins impresses in Warriors debut as Golden State falls to Lakers," 8 Feb. 2020 As Jones was coming down, UTSA’s Byron Frohnen put an arm in his chest and bumped his hip, leading to a foul call as the ball clanged off the back of the rim. Greg Luca,, "UTSA endures disappointing loss to last-place Middle Tennessee," 1 Feb. 2020 The front man Johnny Rotten would hang off the mic stand like a licentious scarecrow; the new bassist Sid Vicious, his long limbs clanging, was an icon continually in the process of dismantling itself—a human Jean Tinguely sculpture. James Parker, The Atlantic, "What Happened When the Sex Pistols Threw a Christmas Party," 6 Mar. 2020 Caught out of position after the puck clanged off the post, Fleury dove back toward the net and snared Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nic Petan's shot to thwart a certain goal. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask gives Marc-Andre Fleury heavy competition for save of the year," 22 Nov. 2019 Bullet holes were filled with flowers and messages of love were chalked onto the sidewalk where casings had clanged. Washington Post, "Devastation on top of devastation: The people of Dayton try to recover, again.," 10 Aug. 2019 Whoops, clanging cowbells, loud music, bursts of firecrackers, whistles, gongs and singing poured from balconies and apartment windows. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus taking devastating toll on California healthcare workers," 9 Apr. 2020 Millions came out to clap and clang their kitchenware on March 22 to express gratitude for essential service providers. Sunaina Kumar, The Christian Science Monitor, "India’s lockdown: Where community is prized, isolation proves tough," 7 Apr. 2020 These incidents are being reported merely days after prime minister Narendra Modi, on March 22, asked citizens to express gratitude to health workers by clapping their hands, clanging vessels, or by ringing bells. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Stigma: the other enemy India’s overworked doctors face in the battle against Covid-19," 24 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their lunch plates all clang like clockwork at 1 PM. Pamela Druckerman, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Marriage, Ménage, & Me," 12 May 2020 Rio and Sao Paulo clang each night with the sound of Panelaços, pot-and-pan-banging protests against Bolsonaro's dismissal of the virus. Anchorage Daily News, "Brazil President Bolsonaro dismisses coronavirus response for ‘a little cold’," 26 Mar. 2020 The thundering noise and clang of the plant, which at its peak employed more than 13,000 people around the clock, has been replaced with a darkened hush. NBC News, "In Ohio town grieving lost jobs, voters are deeply divided on President Trump," 12 Mar. 2020 That didn't stop Louisville from pumping cowbell noise over speakers at practices before the game to get the Cardinals prepared for what Mississippi State fans love to clang during games. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Mississippi State vs. Louisville Music City Bowl (12/30) 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 30 Dec. 2019 Myers misses the extra point as football clangs off right upright. oregonlive, "Russell Wilson’s 5 TD passes powers the Seattle Seahawks to win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime thriller: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 3 Nov. 2019 This is how the human race ends: with the shallow clang of metal on metal, a squalling screech, the heavy stomp and throb of percussion. Judy Berman, Time, "Grimes Tried to Make a Soundtrack for the End of the World. The Result Is Surprisingly Timid," 21 Feb. 2020 The valley echoes with chirping crickets and the mumbling of prayer, interrupted only by the occasional clang of a gong. Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Taiwan's Hot Springs and Tea Plantations," 7 Feb. 2020 From that baseline, the system could capture, modify, and precisely tweak the clang from kitchens and noise from neighbors so diners could hear their own conversations. Chris Berdik, Popular Science, "It’s not just you: Restaurants have gotten too loud. But there are some fixes.," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of clang


1576, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clang


Latin clangere; akin to Greek klazein to scream, bark, Old English hliehhan to laugh

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The first known use of clang was in 1557

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7 Jun 2020

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“Clang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clang

: to make or cause (something) to make the loud, ringing sound of metal hitting against something


\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging

Kids Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make the loud ringing sound of metal hitting something The pots clanged together.



Kids Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud ringing sound like that made by pieces of metal striking together

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